Former employee alleges Stericycle terminated her because of medical leave request

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

FRESNO – A woman alleges her disability was a factor her in termination from a Ventura County company.

Christa McAuley filed a complaint on Dec. 20 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Stericycle Inc. and Does 1 through 25 over alleged violation of the California Family Rights Act.

According to the complaint, in November 2015, the plaintiff began her employment with defendant as a health care sustainability specialist. The suit states she requested a medical leave of absence that the defendant initially granted and then withdrew in December 2016 without just cause. The suit states she was terminated Dec. 28, 2016, and she alleges the termination was a result of her disability and request for accommodation.

The plaintiff holds Stericycle Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly discriminated against her on the account of her disability and medical condition.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for general and special damages, penalties, declaratory and injunctive relief, attorneys' fees, prejudgment interest, costs of suit, and such other relief that the court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Joseph M. Lovretovich, Nicholas W. Sarris and Stephen J. Wiard of JML Law in Woodland Hills.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 18CECG04556

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